Wavves’ lo-fi noise-pop (how many gazillion times have we heard those sonic designators over the past couple of years?) extends in a line from Swell Maps thru Royal Trux thru Sebadoh thru Ariel Pink thru Times New Viking. Basically, Nathan Williams isn’t really doing anything “new”, but if the hype surrounding his second release is any guage, he’s doing something people still gobble up.
This is not the So-Cal sound swinging from The Pusscat Dolls’ udders. This is the grimy music that hides behind the dumpster in Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive”. The question that I’ve had with The Smell (No Age, Abe Vigoda, etc.) zeitgeist is the same I have with any scene: is there anything behind the veil (faux-homelessness in this case)? Are they hanging out behind the dumpster because smelling like trash gets you pussy these days? Something about the day-glo shorts/Cobain flannel ratty hair vegan hipster kind of makes me want to punch a chicken. Or do drugs un-ironically. Whatever. I can’t help but put “No Hope Kids” on repeat and just let the cheap sounds of post-post-post-everything tickle my funbone. That’s what I have to do with this music: put down the pitchfork, quit chugging Pabst, and just appreciate this as one of my favorite albums of 2009 so far.
Wavvves comes out March 17 on Fat Possum
Too broke for SXSW? Why not spend your Spring Break stuffed in a series of cramped, dirty houses being pulverized by noise? If this sounds like you’re thing — it most certainly sounds like mine — then you’ll want to be sure not to miss Denton’s House by House Fest, March 14th-18th.
According to Bunker Hill’s MySpace, the schedule looks like this:
Sat. March 14th 8PM
@ Muscle Beach
The Shivers/Weird Weeds/Champaign Kickoff
@ 818 Hickory
UH-OH /Bad Sports + TBA, +1, etc.
Mon. March 16th 7 PM
@ J and J’s Pizza
Mon. March 16th 11:30 PM
@ Bunker Hill
Box Elders/Lil Daggers/Deserter/Uptown Bums
Tues. March 17th 7 PM
@ 715 Panhandle
WAVVES/Abe Vigoda/Fergus & Geronimo/Fungi Girls
Tuesday March 17th 11 PM
@ 818 Hickory St.
Psychedelic Horseshit/Thomas Function/Yuppies/Lover!
Wed. March 18th 7PM
@ Bunker Hill
The Weakends/Frustrations/Bass Drum Of Death/Outer Spacists
(According to their blog, the folks at Bunker Hill are in the process of spitting this show up and adding Terrible Twos/Human Eye/FNU Ronnies. I’d be pretty disappointed if Terrible Twos didn’t make it into the mix in some capacity.)